Made in USA Certified Inc., an independent organization that audits and validates American-made products and services, earlier this week named the Earthwise Group LLC as its Manufacturing Company of the Year.
The Liberty Township, Ohio-based Earthwise Group, a national network of locally owned window and door manufacturers, was recognized at a luncheon in Palm Beach, Fla., as part of the inaugural Made in USA Certified Awards.
The Earthwise Group's windows and doors carry the "Made in USA Certified" seal. Earthwise is the first and only window and door manufacturer to be certified, according to the organization.
"To earn the certification, [the Earthwise Group] went through a rigorous supply chain audit to ensure that at least 75 percent of its products and processes originate and are completed in the United States," Made in USA Certified explained in a news release.
Earthwise has 15 manufacturing facilities, with distribution covering the majority of the eastern half of the United States.
The Made in USA Certified Awards "recognize organizations that exhibit excellence in manufacturing best practices and standards," according to Made in USA Certified.
The criteria included company growth performance; overall business strategy and innovative approaches (such as excellence in internal operations); and corporate training and manufacturing processes, including sustainable practices.
Made in USA Certified also evaluated nominees on their contributions to job creation in the United States; accurate labeling; and the promotion of their commitment to manufacturing in the United States.
Winners were selected in three categories: Company of the Year; Excellence in Training; and Product Innovation.